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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-04-2017, 01:49 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for simple Prom Dress video, or detailed instructions, please.

I would love to learn how to tie a Prom Dress.

I have found a few videos on YouTube, but for the most part they are way more complicated than I am capable of tying. I am barely a beginner at this stuff.

I'm just looking for instruction on how to tie a fly that a guide might use...nothing fancy, but gets the job done.

Once a year I fish the Michigan tributaries and this is pretty much the go-to fly.

Last year I only caught one steelhead, but I caught it on a Prom Dress; the only fly we used during our three days of fishing.

I had a few steelhead "nibble" on my fly, but the one I caught exploded on my fly. It was a great thrill.

Anyway, thanks for any help you might be able to provide.
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Great footage of the fly being tied in the second Skagit Master DVD. Otherwise, especially since you go to Michigan, I'd recommend getting Kevin Feentra's DVDs. The first one has some really simple, flashy patterns with good instructions. Might be a good place to start if you're feeling like your tying skills aren't up to the shank/shoulder original Prom Dress.
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Watch the Travis Johnson YouTube...he developed the Prom Dress.

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this is the one from Travis Johnson

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Wow ... there's a lot of material on that fly


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What fly ? Thats a lure
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His instruction is quite clear and the video is well done.
The amount of material used is excessive, but that is just my opinion.


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Watch the Travis Johnson YouTube...he developed the Prom Dress.

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To be honest, I have already seen this.

It was watching this video which made me wonder if there might be a simpler approach.

I didn't realize Travis Johnson was the one that developed the Prom Dress fly.

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What fly ? Thats a lure
Agreed 100%

What do you mean you release the fish after you catch it? Like, release it into your cooler right ?!?!
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Local Flyshop: "Hello?"

Travis: "Hey, it's Travis"

Local Flyshop: "Travis, what's up! What'll it be, the usual?"

Travis: "Yep, give me all the flash you got, and once you cleared out the front rack, check out back for more."
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What Travis fails to mention is, each fly costs $20 bucks to tie. Just kidding of course, more like $15. Not my style, but as I have always said, if it brings you joy, your hook your rules. I caught my first steelhead on a size 2 Boss. For the first few years it became the only fly I would fish. I had confidence in the fly and it seemed to work. It did not take long to find out I could tie and fish all kinds of patterns with the same results. I use this a lot, so sorry for the duplication. Steelhead will eat you car key. If the fly you are fishing matches the conditions, and you are making proper presentations and there is fish in the river, you should find positive results. Where you set the limits on what you will fish should be up to you. If the prom dress bring you confidence, then by all means tie them up. I however, have found joy in fishing flies dressed with more natural materials. Good luck with your quest, its a journey we all take.
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